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MPBL: Valenzuela beefier, deeper; taps Esplana as head coach

Jun 01, 2019 - 5:23 PM

A retooled Valenzuela squad expects a more competitive run with former PBA star Gerry Esplana at the coaching helm

TURNAROUND. Team captain Paolo Hubalde expects better results this season following the addition of several key players. Photo release

New Valenzuela pumping stations to ease floods, says DPWH

Apr 07, 2019 - 5:45 PM

The Department of Public Works and Highways opens two pumping stations in the barangays of Wawang Pulo and Coloong in Valenzuela City

DPWH opens 2 new pumping stations to address flooding in Valenzuela. Photo from the Department of Public Works and Highways

IN PHOTOS: Satchmi Vinyl Day 2018 salutes to a future of vinyl

Jun 19, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Another year of a solid artist lineup performing sets to remember and crate digging for great deals on vinyl records

COA questions safety of proposed gov't relocation site in Valenzuela

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:40 PM

(UPDATED) The Social Housing Finance Corporation gave the go-signal to start construction of a relocation project for 864 informal settler families from Valenzuela City within a site prone to flooding, tsunami, and unstable ground

UNSAFE? The Commision on Audit questioned the safety of a proposed government site in Valenzuela City.

Satchmi’s 6th Vinyl Day set for June 16

Jun 08, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Vinyl lovers, mark your calendars!

FOR THE RECORD. Satchmi celebrates the iconic music format with their sixth annual Vinyl Day. Photo courtesy of Satchmi

DOJ downplays loss of P6.4B shabu case in Valenzuela, says Manila trial going 'well'

May 03, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The Valenzuela Regional Trial Court (RTC) drops another case of drug transportation against the customs middlemen, but the main case at the Manila court continues

Bureau of Customs fixer Mark Taguba is escorted by NBI agents following his surrender, hours after a Manila court ordered his arrest for his alleged involvement with the P6.4-billion shabu shipment. Photo by Ben Nabong

Valenzuela court clears 5 in importation of P6.4-B shabu

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:10 PM

It seems there are a lot of hurdles to getting accountability in the smuggling of shabu from China to the Philippines, and a lot of them has to do with limitations set by the law

The Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon) on August 9, 2017 resumes its public hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu smuggled at the Bureau of Customs in May. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Watch: Coke Studio Artists and teens unite to bring music back to Marawi

Dec 26, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Marawi’s streets have always been filled with vibrant music, but since the war, the city has been silent. Volunteers sought to change that

#MMShakeDrill: What to do during a terror attack

Jul 16, 2017 - 2:20 PM

What happens when terrorists take advantage of a city devastated by a calamity?

House defers show cause order vs 3 CA justices in Ilocos detention case

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:53 PM

This comes after House Sergeant at Arms Roland Detabali filed a motion for the 3 justices of the CA Special 4th Division to inhibit from the case

ON HOLD. Representative Johnny Pimentel and House Sergeant-atArms Roland Detabali briefs media on the possible detention rooms of Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos and the 3 CA justices on July 3, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ilocos Norte execs want CA to declare House detention a form of 'torture'

Jun 26, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The provincial officials lawyer Estelito Mendoza urges the Court of Appeals to grant their petition for a writ of habeas corpus

DETAINED OFFICIALS. From left to right: Evangeline Tabulog, Josephine Calajate, Encarnacion Gaor, Genedine Jambaro, Eden Battulayan, and Pedro Agcaoili during a House hearing on June 20, when they still refused to properly testify before lawmakers. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

CA showed ‘ignorance of law’ in Ilocos execs detention case – Alvarez

Jun 22, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez advises Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes to ‘discipline’ their justices

LEGISLATURE VS JUDICIARY? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes the CA has no jurisdiction over Congress' authority to cite people in contempt. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Metro Manila bomb plot memo 'chismis' – police official

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:02 PM

The cop who signed the internal memorandum – which made the rounds in public – is also sacked pending investigation

UNVERIFIED. The chief of the NPD says the information in this memorandum is unverified or 'chismis' (rumors).

House panel issues show cause order to 3 CA justices over detention case

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:46 PM

The committee on good government asks appellate court justices to explain their order for the provisional release of the Ilocos Norte officials detained by the House

LEGISLATIVE VS JUDICIARY? The panel chaired by Representative Johnny Pimentel agrees to issue a show cause order against 3 CA justices. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Customs seizes P6.4-B worth of shabu in Valenzuela

May 28, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The Bureau of Customs acted on an intelligence report by a Chinese government official

News Briefs: March 7, 2017

Mar 07, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Tuesday March 7

CA clears Rex Gatchalian over Kentex fire

Jan 18, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The ruling comes after the Sandiganbayan dismissed criminal charges against the Valenzuela city mayor The CA puts the responsibility of enforcing compliance with the fire code on the Bureau of Fire Protection

Kentex fire: Ombudsman wants charges vs Gatchalian reinstated

Jan 05, 2017 - 10:38 PM

Prosecutors say the anti graft court overlooked some facts and circumstances which if taken into account would have led the court to a different conclusion

KENTEX FIRE. Members of the SOCO examine charred bodies of workers killed in the slipper factory fire as they collect DNA and recognisable marks from the victims at the barangay hall of Maysan, Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sandiganbayan clears Mayor Gatchalian, 2 others in Kentex fire

Dec 15, 2016 - 6:12 PM

The Sandiganbayan s 2nd Division says there is no probable cause to let the 3 Valenzuela City officials stand trial on charges of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and multiple physical injuries and two counts of grafts

FIRE TRAP. Authorities process the charred remains of Kentex workers

When 'Houses of Hope' fail children in conflict with the law

Nov 07, 2016 - 5:13 PM

Part 2: With crowded unsanitary and unhealthy environments some youth centers fail to rehabilitate and transform child offenders

HOPE STILL ALIVE? Some rehabilitation centers for child offenders have poor to inhumane conditions.

LGUs fighting students' hunger through 'central kitchen'

Sep 27, 2016 - 5:10 PM

Under the central kitchen model food for public elementary students is prepared in one place and then distributed to different schools

PREPARED WITH LOVE. Volunteers prepare food for beneficiaries of a central kitchen in Maguindanao. Photo from Gawad Kalinga

10 awesome young stars to watch

Sep 11, 2016 - 8:23 PM

Whether they re writers models musicians or everything and anything in between these young artists and personalities are inspiring many with their various achievements

YOUNG ARTISTS. Teri Malvar, Kelsey Merritt, and Reese Lansangan are just some millennials who are making waves in their fields. Photos by Alecs Ongcal/Alexa Villano/Paolo Abad/Rappler

La Mesa Dam still on red alert

Aug 14, 2016 - 12:15 PM

As monsoon rains persist the La Mesa Dam nears its spilling level

Advocates call for highest political recognition of HIV/AIDS epidemic

Jul 18, 2016 - 1:33 PM

Advocates say political will and leadership at the national and local government levels are needed to create scale up and sustain comprehensive programs on HIV AIDS prevention in communities

Teresita Bagasao, UNAIDS country director, with Dr. Enrique Tayag of the Department of Health. Photo by Diana Mendoza.

Senior high school: No youth left behind?

Jun 13, 2016 - 8:30 AM

All eyes are on the government as it fully implements the K to 12 program Will learners get the best out of senior high school or will some of them end up leaving formal education as critics predicted?

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: BP Valenzuela

Jun 08, 2016 - 6:09 PM

From selling EPs door to door at school to playing at major music festivals BP Valenzuela has come a long way Listen to her set live on Rappler com

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Can Duterte-Cayetano win in Valenzuela City?

Mar 10, 2016 - 5:01 PM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t meet with Mayor Rex Gatchalian who also happens to be the spokesman of his rival Grace Poe

Valenzuela mayor, 6 others ordered dismissed over Kentex fire

Mar 05, 2016 - 7:28 PM

But Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian is able to secure a temporary restraining order stopping the Ombudsman s dismissal order

MOURNING. Church workers join relatives of the 72 fire victims of the Kentex Manufacturing Inc. in Valenzuela in a candle lighting during a mass for the 9th day of the incident. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Gatchalian on why he supports K to 12, free higher education

Nov 14, 2015 - 3:38 PM

Sherwin Gatchalian a senatorial aspirant in the 2016 elections supports the K to 12 program and believes that making college tuition free will result to a radical reform in Philippine higher education

EDUCATION REFORMS. Valenzuela Representative Sherwin Gatchalian says education will be his primary legislative agenda if he gets elected as senator in 2016. Screenshot from Rappler

Gatchalian: PH not yet ready for same-sex marriage

Nov 12, 2015 - 6:53 PM

The Valenzuela lawmaker a senatorial aspirant in 2016 also believes the country needs limited divorce when there s violence and abuse in the relationship

NOT READY. Valenzuela Representative Sherwin Gatchalian says the country is not yet ready for same-sex marriage. Screenshot from Rappler

Nico & Vinz headline JackTV's MADFest 2015

Oct 31, 2015 - 12:30 PM

The duo joins Futuristic Polar Bears Parokya ni Edgar and other musicians at the music art and dance festival

NICO & VINZ. The Norwegian duo headline JackTV's MADFest. Screengrab from Instagram/nicoandvinz

Valenzuela Mayor Gatchalian faces criminal raps over Kentex fire

Jul 23, 2015 - 4:16 PM

The Department of Justice special panel also recommends a further investigation of the possible liabilities of labor officials over the largest industrial accident in the country

Ayala Land offers 'personal space' in Balintawak property dev’t

Jul 16, 2015 - 3:24 PM

Millennials early nesters or startup families the Chinese community and residents of Quezon City and CAMANAVA are the target market of Avida Towers Cloverleaf

Families of Kentex fire victims: 'We will not drop claims'

Jul 08, 2015 - 9:59 PM

While 57 families have already dropped their claims against the footwear factory some continue to reject the P151 200 settlement offer

GRIEF. Filipino relatives of a missing factory workers react following a fire at a warehouse in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 13 May 2015. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

73 out of 74 Kentex fire victims identified – PNP

Jul 07, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Two more victims were found at the site of the fire hit Kentex Manufacturing Corporation bringing the total death toll to 74

IDENTIFIED. Filipino firemen carry a body inside a cadaver bag from a burnt warehouse following a fire in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 13 May 2015. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

DOLE endorses to DOJ criminal cases vs Kentex

Jul 02, 2015 - 8:32 PM

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz turns over to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima a briefer on violations of labor laws detailing possible evidence to support criminal action against Kentex Manufacturing and its subcontractor

Filipino firemen carry a body inside a cadaver bag from a burnt warehouse following a fire in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 13 May 2015. Five persons were killed after they were trapped inside a burning rubber slipper factory in Valenzuela City, according to arson investigators from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Families of 57 Kentex fire casualties settle for P151,200

Jun 23, 2015 - 5:27 PM

The settlement includes a waiver against any further claims against the footwear manufacturer which lost 72 employees in the Philippines worst factory fire to date

DIALOGUE. Families of workers killed in the Kentex Manufacturing Corporation footwear factory fire line up to receive grocery packs and some financial assistance from the owner during a dialogue in Valenzuela City on Friday, May 22, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Punish publishers of error-filled textbooks – congressman

Jun 19, 2015 - 5:06 PM

Valenzuela Representative Sherwin Gatchalian seeks a probe into the process through which DepEd and public schools buy textbooks from private publishers

Dire conditions found in factories around Kentex

Jun 18, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Workers are not provided with personal protective equipment including earplugs for noise pollution face masks for airborne contaminants and welding goggles

epa04747280 Filipino workers collect water next to a burnt footwear factory in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 14 May 2015. At least 31 people were killed and dozens more are feared dead after a fire razed a footwear factory in the Philippines. Most of the bodies were found burned beyond recognition on the second floor of the two-storey building in the Manila suburb of Valenzuela, a fire volunteer said. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Victims' kin, survivors file criminal raps vs Kentex

Jun 17, 2015 - 12:41 PM

A total of 52 – 8 casualties kin and 44 survivors – name 9 Kentex owners as respondents in their criminal complaint

CASUALTIES. Authorities examine charred bodies of workers killed in the Kentex factory fire in Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kentex says kin of more than half of fire casualties will settle

Jun 15, 2015 - 9:42 PM

The settlement of the civil aspect of the case aside the workers say they will still file a criminal complaint against the footwear manufacturer

Members of the SOCO examine charred bodies of workers killed in the slipper factory fire as they collect DNA and recognisable marks from the victims at the barangay hall of Maysan, Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

A day of revolution in Philippine theater

Jun 12, 2015 - 9:35 PM

The group staged the show to emphasize the relevance of theater and to revere Mabini and his important role in the Philippine Revolution that has freed us from the fetters of the colonizers

Kentex 'dummy' ordered to pay P8.3M to 99 workers

Jun 11, 2015 - 4:33 PM

The amount is higher than the initial estimate of P7 8 million

Kentex survivors, victims' kin file complaint vs Baldoz, Roxas

Jun 08, 2015 - 1:18 PM

Workers go to the Ombudsman wary that the Aquino government is sparing Cabinet members and eyeing only Valenzuela local officials for possible charges

PROTEST. Family and relatives of kentex workers killed in the factory fire file charges against labor officials before the Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City on June 8. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Valenzuela fire: 63 bodies identified

Jun 04, 2015 - 4:20 PM

Of the 72 victims killed in the industrial fire that hit a Valenzuela City footwear factory last month 9 remain unidentified

IDENTIFICATION. Members of the PNP crime laboratory meet with families of the 72 victims killed in the Kentex factory blaze. Photo from Valenzuela City PIO

Valenzuela shuts down businesses with no fire safety certificate

Jun 04, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian also orders other business establishments to present their valid FSICs within 7 days from receipt of the directive

epa04747281 Filipino policemen carry a body in a body bag following a fire at a footwear factory in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 14 May 2015. At least 31 people were killed and dozens more are feared dead after a fire razed a footwear factory in the Philippines. Most of the bodies were found burned beyond recognition on the second floor of the two-storey building in the Manila suburb of Valenzuela, a fire volunteer said. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

DOJ creates special panel on Kentex factory fire

Jun 03, 2015 - 6:18 PM

The 6 member panel will review official reports and gather evidence to determine criminal and administrative charges over the deadly blaze

Fire risk checks on Metro Manila establishments begin June 8

Jun 02, 2015 - 10:11 PM

The inspection teams will visit at least two establishments every day and spend at least 4 hours in each says Interior Secretary Mar Roxas

NCR CHECKS. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas meetings mayors of the different Metro Manila LGUs on Tuesday, June 2. Photo by Rappler

Metro Manila needs more labor laws compliance officers

Jun 02, 2015 - 6:44 PM

There are only about 150 labor laws compliance officers in the region catering to over 37 344 establishments far from the recommendation of the International Labor Organization

SEARCH. Authorities enter the burnt Kentex factory in Valenzuela City. Photo by Francis Malasig

Kentex fire: Palace eyes raps vs Valenzuela officials

Jun 01, 2015 - 9:11 PM

Mayor Rex Gatchalian cites 3 memorandum circulars to clear city officials and pass the blame on to the Bureau of Fire Protection

RECKLESS IMPRUDENCE RESULTING IN HOMICIDE. President Benigno Aquino III shows where the fire started at the Kentex Manufacturing Corporation factory that killed 72 factory workers in Valenzuela City. Lauro Montellano Jr./Malacanang Photo Bureau